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Subject: Re: Package unions (fwd)

>> Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
>>> On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, Behan Webster wrote:
>>> > I am working on an idea more like dpkg --set-selections.  A file
>>> > lists a
>>> > set of pacakges that constitues a certain kind of debian setup (e.g.
>>> > minimum setup, server, X workstatio, etc.).  The only thing this is
>>> > used
>>> > for is the initial setup and it has no ongoing affect as to the
>>> > packages
>>> > installed on the system.
>>> The information for these sets would not be in the packages file and
>>> would
>>> not be part of the Dependancy mechanism.
> If you extend this idea towards recursive file lists you get package
> unions.
> If the installation tool enables browsing this tree of packages/file
> lists, it
> would be perfect.
> Stefan Karrmann                                    __      

This would be WONDERFUL. Most users here which end up avoiding Debian for
RedHat or something else complain that they don't have neither want to
have the expertise for choosing individual packages, specially underlying
system packages. Figuring out dselect seems to be too much for them too.

By the way, if there was an --automatic key to dpkg which made it try to
go after and install dependency packages, instead of stopping and saying
"I'm sorry", that would be a big help too! After all, you normally do have
the whole distribution available in your CD or NFS-imported mirror.

        Jorge L. deLyra,  Associate Professor of Physics
            The University of Sao Paulo,  IFUSP-DFMA
       For more information:  finger delyra@fma.if.usp.br

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